When is Best Age for Your Child’s First Orthodontic Visit?

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Dr. Bert Kelling Orthodontic Visit

Dr. Bert Kelling

Dr. Bert Kelling, of Raleigh Orthodontics believes there is much more to taking care of your children’s teeth than teaching them how to brush, and taking them to the dentist. Most parents realize that getting their children to begin brushing and flossing, as well as getting their teeth professionally cleaned, are key elements of modern preventive oral hygiene, but beyond that, is there anything else you should be doing?

What many families don’t fully appreciate is the importance of getting their children examined by an orthodontist at an early age, in addition to their regular dental check-up. While many parents think that such an exam is only about getting braces for their children’s teeth, there is really much more to this type of dentistry than meets the eye.

Raleigh Orthodontics

Raleigh Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the physical alignment of the teeth and jaw. And while the main tools of an orthodontist are braces, retainers, and a number of other mechanisms – the goal of this dental specialist is much more than just creating a pretty smile.

Orthodontic techniques, such as braces and expanders, are principally designed to correct problems that prevent proper eating, sleeping, and speaking. The fact is that when your teeth or jaws are not lined up correctly, this can impact how they chew, talk, sleep – and yes – smile.

The conditions that orthodontists look to correct most frequently include overcrowded teeth, overbites, underbites and cross bites. Some are tooth related and some have to do with jaw growth. Any one of these problems, can lead to headaches, poor mastication, snoring, and even pronounced susceptibility to decay from teeth that are difficult to reach while brushing.

When to Begin Orthodontic Exams
Even for parents who are aware of the importance of braces and orthodontic care, the question of when their children should first begin such treatment still causes a good deal of confusion. Should parents wait until their children begin to exhibit conditions such as crooked teeth, or complain of tooth positioning problems – or should they act much sooner?

Dr. Bert Kelling and most orthodontists agree that a child’s first exam should occur sometime around their 7th birthday. This enables the orthodontist to spot issues requiring treatment early, and to set up an effective treatment routine to address them.

Based on his exam and findings, Dr. Bert Kelling can recommend anything from no treatment at all, to the use of expanders, or braces. The goal of each of these procedures is to get the teeth to line up correctly and create a healthy environment for the eruption of future teeth. This allows for both comfortable eating, and healthy jaw alignment.

Proper orthodontic care for your children starts early, but pays dividends by catching potential costly problems before they develop. And the fact that orthodontic treatments like braces and retainers also result in gorgeous smiles, is an added – and very welcome bonus.

At Raleigh Orthodontics, we take great smiles personally. Dr Bert and his Raleigh Orthodontics team are committed to providing you expert customized Orthodontic care personally designed by Dr. Bert and delivered at each visit by Dr. Bert and his highly experienced team. Call today for a free consultation. 919-847-6364

Raleigh Orthodontics

Dr. Bert Kelling
Board Certified Orthodontist
Raleigh Orthodontics